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President Signs Helium Act into Law

President Signs Helium Act into Law

Last evening (Oct. 2), President Obama signed into law the Helium Stewardship Act, which will keep the Federal Helium Reserve operating and selling crude helium to private industry beyond Oct. 7. As reported in this blog and in NEMA and MITA releases, the House and Senate passed the bill unanimously last week. Now commodity and supply managers for many companies in the medical imaging, lighting, welding, and semiconductor industries can breathe a bit easier and get a few more minutes of sleep at Read more [...]
Moving Forward on Minerals

Moving Forward on Minerals

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed, for the second year in a row, a bill to streamline federal laws to facilitate projects to extract critical minerals from the Earth's crust. What makes these minerals critical, you ask? Many minerals, including but not limited to so-called "rare earth elements", are critical inputs for NEMA member companies. For many of these inputs, U.S. manufacturers are dependent on uncertain sources outside the U.S. The National Strategic Read more [...]
US Participation Needed in Quantum Dot Standards

US Participation Needed in Quantum Dot Standards

The TC 113 TAG is about to introduce new work proposals for a specification for characterizing luminescent nanoparticles (e.g. Quantum Dots), and a template specification sheet for these nanoscale materials.  QD’s as a game changer in next-generation LED lighting and medical imaging technologies have begun making inroads in the marketplace, so standardized characterization techniques and a template specification are critical to encourage common language communication between nanomaterial Read more [...]
The Human Cost of Cutting Medical Imaging

The Human Cost of Cutting Medical Imaging

This morning, patients and patient advocacy groups presented a letter to Congress calling for the rejection of proposed deep and arbitrary reimbursement cuts to medical imaging services. If passed, the cuts would be an unnecessary hindrance to the access of these important technologies, especially in rural communities. Medical imaging is an essential element of modern medicine—it can make a diagnosis early when treatment is easiest, save lives, and treat conditions. More importantly, medical Read more [...]
Electronic Medical Records – Help Needed

Electronic Medical Records – Help Needed

Recently, I visited my internist for the obligatory six-month check up.  In the course of this visit, he reached into my folder and pulled out a paper report of the results from the diagnostic laboratory that had run a battery of blood tests.  Then, to help interpret them, he went back into the folder and searched for the report that had been prepared six months earlier.  He carefully copied select results from that earlier report onto the present paper so we could see how cholesterol Read more [...]
Healthcare Information Technology (IT) – Challenges and Opportunities in 2009 and Beyond

Healthcare Information Technology (IT) – Challenges and Opportunities in 2009 and Beyond

The Economic Stimulus Package, contained within the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is a hugely important domestic initiative. Within ARRA is a $19,200,000,000 appropriation for implementation of healthcare information technology (HIT) including $2,000,000,000 for infrastructure. A major domestic priority of the new administration, and one of the major goals of the legislation, is to implement electronic health records (EHR) for all Americans by 2014, and accelerate Read more [...]
Justice Ginsburg’s CT Scan

Justice Ginsburg’s CT Scan

We're thinking about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today. Yesterday she had surgery to remove a 1-cm malignant tumor in her pancreas. She's lucky, of course. A centimeter is about the width of your small fingernail, so they caught it real early. How did the find it? During her annual physical exam, the 75-year-old Supreme Court justice had a CT scan that revealed the tumor. Thank goodness for all the advancements made in medical imaging. Readers may know that medical imaging companies Read more [...]
What’s Ahead For Healthcare IT in 2009

What’s Ahead For Healthcare IT in 2009

With the election of Barack Obama, our nation will be confronting major, complex foreign and domestic issues, including a troubled economy, mounting budget deficit, a worsening housing crisis, unrest in the middle east and two wars. One of the most pressing domestic issues will be healthcare reform. President-elect Obama has proclaimed healthcare reform as one of his top priorities when he takes office. His objectives with regard to the U.S. healthcare system include, among other things: Universal Read more [...]
DICOM Makes a Difference

DICOM Makes a Difference

What?  It's December 24, 2008 - Christmas Eve, and I just got a present.  It's a book, and I can scarcely read a word of it.  That's because it's a how-to book on DICOM* written in Japanese.  Since I can't read it, there's no point putting in my briefcase to review on the next flight.  Instead, it stands proudly on my bookshelf beside a copy of the DICOM Standard in Chinese.  So what?  What makes me proud is knowing that I play a role in Read more [...]
Amazing Facts about DICOM

Amazing Facts about DICOM

DICOM is the name of a very unusual standard.  You won't be surprised to learn that this name is an acronym for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine.  However, you might be surprised to learn that the DICOM Standard: Has proved itself over a 15 year period.  (This standard really works.) Is the world's only standard for medical imaging. Covers virtually every medical specialty that uses imaging. Is expanded and maintained by a network of 26 separate working Read more [...]